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A Study of H2O2 with Threshold Photoelectron Spectroscopy (TPES) and Electronic Structure Calculations: Redetermination of the First Adiabatic Ionization Energy (AIE)

Journal article
Authors L. Schio
M. Alagia
A. A. Dias
S. Falcinelli
Vitali Zhaunerchyk
E. P. F. Lee
D. K. W. Mok
J. M. Dyke
S. Stranges
Published in Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume 120
Issue 27
Pages 5220-5229
ISSN 1089-5639
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Pages 5220-5229
Language en
Keywords far-infrared-spectrum, hydrogen-peroxide, synchrotron-radiation, internal-rotation, state, photoionization, oh, spectrometer, dissociation, combustion, Chemistry, Physics
Subject categories Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences


In this work, hydrogen peroxide has been studied with threshold photoelectron (TPE) spectroscopy and photoelectron (PE) spectroscopy. The TPE spectrum has been recorded in the 10.0-21.0 eV ionization energy region, and the PE spectrum has been recorded at 21.22 eV photon energy. Five bands have been observed which have been assigned on the basis of UCCSD(T)-F12/VQZ-F12 and IP-EOM CCSD calculations. Vibrational structure has only been resolved in the TPE spectrum of the first band, associated with the (X) over tilde (2)Bg H2O2+ <- (X) over tilde (1)A H2O2 ionization, on its low energy side. This structure is assigned with the help of harmonic Franck-Condon factor calculations that use the UCCSD(T)-F12a/VQZ-F12 computed adiabatic ionization energy (AIE), and UCCSD(T)-F12a/VQZ-F12 computed equilibrium geometric parameters and harmonic vibrational frequencies for the H2O2 (X) over tilde (1)A state and the H2O2 (X) over tilde (2)Bg state. These calculations show that the main vibrational structure on the leading edge of the first TPE band is in the O-O stretching mode (omega(3)) and the HOOH deformation mode (omega(4)), and comparison of the simulated spectrum to the experimental spectrum gives the first AIE of H2O2 as (10.685 +/- 0.005) eV and omega(4) = (850 +/- 30) and omega(3) = (1340 +/- 30) cm(-1) in the (X) over tilde (2)Bg state of H2O2+. Contributions from ionization of vibrationally excited levels in the torsion mode have been identified in the TPE spectrum of the first band and the need for a vibrationally resolved TPE spectrum from vibrationally cooled molecules, as well as higher level Franck-Condon factors than performed in this work, is emphasized.

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